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Dorothea Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst
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Date of birth Wolfenbüttel
Date of death Oct 16, 1609 Zerbst
Mother: Dorothea of Saxony
Brother(s): Frederick Ulrich Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Hendrik Karel van Brunswijk-Wolfenbüttel Rudolf van Brunswijk-Wolfenbüttel Christian the Younger of Brunswick
Children: Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst Eleanor of Anhalt-Zerbst
Sister(s): Dorothea von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Sophia Hedwig of Brunswick-Lüneburg Anna Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Elisabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg
Spouse: Rudolph Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
Father: Henry Julius Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
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Dorothea Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (3 February 1587, Wolfenbüttel – 16 October 1609, Zerbst) was a princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel by birth and by marriage Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst.


Dorothea Hedwig was the eldest child of the Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1564–1613) from his first marriage with Dorothea (1563–1587), daughter of the Elector August of Saxony (1526–1586). Her birth caused the death of her mother.

Dorothea Hedwig married on 29 December 1605 in Wolfenbüttel to Prince Rudolf von Anhalt-Zerbst (1576–1621). She died while giving birth to her fourth child, a still-born princess who was born an hour after the mother's death. The Princess was buried in the Bartholomai Church in Zerbst. Her motto was: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.


From her marriage with Rudolp, Dorothea Hedwig had the following children:

  • Daughter (1606–1606)
  • Dorothea (1607–1634)
married in 1623 Duke Augustus the Younger of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1579–1666)
  • Eleonor (1608–1680)
married in 1632 Duke Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderburg-Norburg (1581–1658)
  • Stillborn daughter (1609–1609)

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